OUT FROM THE VOID #5, $?, 5½” x 8”, copied, 48 pgs.

Jul 20, 2022

Starting with a quote on the cover (“The solace of hope is the refuge of fools”) and the illustration on the table of contents (silhouette of a person hanging), it’s pretty clear that this fifth issue of the zine Out from the Void will cover some heavy topics, which turn out to be suicide, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and missing persons. As stated in the intro to the zine, these topics are explored in “an eclectic mix of articles and artwork from diverse sources,” ranging from New York Times columnist David Brooks’ 2013 article “The Irony of Despair” (above which is a black and white photo of a young man placing a gun in his mouth), Lydia Anne M. Bartholow and Russell T. Huffman’s 2021 Sage journal article “The Necessity of a Trauma-Informed Paradigm in Substance Use Disorder Services” to a 2021 Eugene Weekly article that the zine’s creator, Brenton Gicker, wrote on missing person Rebeka Bramel (“Disappearance”). Out of the Void #5 will draw you into the darkness to illuminate important issues. –Gina Murrell (Brenton Gicker, [email protected])